Know this now: Aug. 13-19
SAN ANTONIO – Get in the know, San Antonio. Here are the stories that impact you and some you’ll be talking about at the water cooler this week.
The U.S. Olympic swimmers facing questions about their reports of being robbed in Rio de Janeiro were involved in a fight at a gas station in the city and committed acts of vandalism there, Brazilian newspaper "O Globo" reports. The four had previously said they were robbed at gunpoint. || San Antonio police have arrested a man they say was involved in a fatal shooting and home invasion on the city's West Side. Frank Gamez, 29, is presently being held without bond on a capital murder charge. || An unidentified patient in Florida is being treated after being infected with a brain-eating amoeba last week, according to the Florida Department of Health. It is the fourth known case this year of infection by the parasite Naegleria fowleri.
Even before the floodwaters from Huebner Creek overtook Evers Road last night, Leon Valley fire Chief Luis Valdez said they knew to lower the floodgates to keep vehicles from being swept away. After the 3.5 inches of rain finally stopped, Valdez said he was upset to see a driver crash into a steel-reinforced floodgate, lights and all, and then take off. || The State Fair of Texas starts Sept. 30 and fair officials have already announced the finalists for the 2016 Big Tex Choice Awards. Previous winners include Fernie’s Holy Moly Carrot Cake Roly, Fried Gulf Shrimp Boil, and Deep-Fried Cuban Roll in the best taste category. || The city of San Antonio is looking to get more films made in the Alamo City. On Wednesday, the city heard a briefing over the future of the San Antonio Film Commission. Although there is already filmmaking in San Antonio, the city's Department for Culture and Creative Development is working to bring more. With the help of local studio owners, filmmakers and other interested parties, the department has developed the San Antonio Film Commission Strategic Plan.
Heavy rains Tuesday afternoon and evening, on an already saturated ground, caused some chaos on the roads across the region. It was a close call for one driver when floodwaters trapped her in her car on Pinn Road at Highway 151. First responders blocked the road as she jumped out and her car was safely towed away. || A San Antonio city councilman hopes to crack down on alcohol being served to minors on private property. A City Council subcommittee will discuss the issue Wednesday. District 4 Councilman Rey Saldana wants officers to be able to ticket private property owners, or the person in charge of a property, who allow the sale of alcohol to minors. || An 18-wheeler crashed Tuesday afternoon closing a portion of a busy San Antonio interstate. The big rig was traveling from eastbound Loop 410 onto southbound on Interstate 37 when witnesses told police the truck driver hit a puddle of water on the road, lost control and hit a guardrail.
Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood said Monday that he will personally have the final say on charges in the case of an infant who died in a hot car in a Walmart parking lot in Helotes. In an interview with KSAT 12 News, LaHood steered clear of talking about specific details in the case of a father who police said left his 6-month old son, Dillon Martinez, in the car Friday for more than eight hours. The high temperature that day was 102 degrees. || There is room for improvement in the Texas education system. That is the thinking behind a contest that began last year in which former CBS anchorman Dan Rather and his grandson, Martin Rather, are looking for ways to improve the system.|| After more than a decade of neglect and assorted legal fights, there's a renewed effort to rid the South Side of abandoned scrap tire site, considered one of the state's largest. Richard A. Hyde, TCEQ executive director, said, the agency is assisting the Texas attorney general in a lawsuit to compel the removal of the 1.2 million tires that remain.
The Olympic curtain came down on Michael Phelps Saturday, but not before he and his U.S. 4x100-meter medley relay colleagues could add another medal to his already record-breaking collection. Phelps, who now has 28 Olympic medals in total, had earlier told fans in a Facebook Live chat that Saturday would be the last time he graced the Olympic pool. San Antonio’s own Jimmy Feigen was with Ryan Lochte and two other U.S. swimmers Sunday when they were robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro. One of the bandits reportedly put a gun to Lochte's forehead. Feigen, Lochte and fellow swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger had left a hospitality house hosted by France early Sunday in a taxi bound for the Olympic Village.
Hot car death
Authorities have released the name of an infant boy who died after being left all day in a hot sport utility vehicle in a San Antonio-area Walmart parking lot. The Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office on Saturday identified the infant as Dillon Martinez from San Antonio. Helotes police say the baby's father told officers he forgot to drop his son off at day care before going to work about 6:15 a.m. Friday at the store. When the father returned to his SUV at 3 p.m., he found his child dead.
City under fire
A deadly shooting of an armed man by Milwaukee police stirred anger, fear and disbelief as authorities restored calm in the city after a night of violent protest. Protesters burned several stores and threw rocks at police Saturday night on the city's North Side, leaving one officer injured and three protesters arrested. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said protesters had been using social media to draw more demonstrators. Local officials met with church and community leaders Sunday to discuss ways to move forward.
Too much and not enough
Folks in South Texas enjoyed a steady stream of rain and cooler temperatures Saturday and Sunday. Better yet, more is expected during the work week. Meanwhile, forecasters warned victims of ongoing historic and deadly Louisiana flooding to brace for more rain. The disaster has forced rescues of more than 7,000 people so far, Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a news conference Sunday. Three deaths have been blamed on the floods, Edwards said, and a fourth person is unaccounted for. For those wanting to help, here is a list of organizations you can donate to and know your money is being sent the way you want it to be spent.
She is known for stirring our emotions with her power ballads, but even Adele knows she is no Queen Bey. At a concert, Adele told her fans that the NFL asked her to be a part of Super Bowl LI in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017 -- but she declined. "I know I'm not Beyoncé, I can't dance or anything like that," Adele said. "They (NFL) were really kind, they did ask me, but I did say no," she said.
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